Nov. 29, 2012
WHEELING, W. VA - Fayetteville State will now close out its historic season with a 0-3 (25-10, 25-15, 25-10) Atlantic Region Tournament loss to host #1 Wheeling Jesuit (36-2 overall). The defeat ends a ten-game winning streak which includes a complete sweep of CIAA opponents and the Lady Broncos second berth into the NCAA playoffs. Seniors Joi Emanuel and Infeyinwa Nwokolo finished the night with four kills each. The Alma Grace McDonough Center filled with 968 fans.
"I don't think the score truly reflects how hard the young ladies played", fourth year Head Coach Reeshemah Johnson reflects. "They played hard and hung in there. We had a couple of mistakes that allowed Wheeling to take advantage and pull ahead. I'm actually extremely proud; seeing that this is our first time here and we have a group of younger players. I think we did well."
JaMisha Jordan (junior - Fayetteville, NC) finished with ten digs. Nwokolo (Greensboro, NC) had a total of 12 attacks and four blocks (1 solo and 3 assisted). Emanuel (Charlotte, NC) finished with 14 total attacks.
Fayetteville State (28-6 overall) had 16 kills off of 68 attacks. Sixteen attack errors were made which went along with 14 service errors, four blocking errors and three ball handling miscues.
"The environment and the whole mental aspect of being in the tournament for the first time made it that much different for us", explains coach. "That's what contributed to those mistakes that we would not have normally made. The whole novelty of `this is regional play' was a factor for us."
Wheeling Jesuit finished the game with 36 kills from 82 attacks. The Cardinals committed nine attack errors and two ball handling mistakes. Allissa Ware led the way for WJU with 12 kills with Madison Strall giving 18 assists. Makenzie Ripley had 16 digs.
Although Fayetteville State had seven team blocks (1 solo, 6 assisted), Wheeling Jesuit had to make quick adjustments to their game plan.
"We wanted to play quick because the block was very big. If we weren't passing on target and mixing up the setting options; FSU was blocking us", said WJU Head Coach Christy Benner. "We really had to be quick and use everybody on the front line in the attack or FSU was camped out on us."
Fayetteville State University will hold a celebration for the Lady Broncos Volleyball team in early January when the spring semester begins.